Pak vs WI: Five key points from first test
The first of the two-match Test series ended with West Indies’ winning after a nail-biting finish on the fourth day at Sabina Park on Sunday.
The nerve-wracking penultimate day witnessed some remarkable performances from both teams. Following are the five key points from the first Test of the series.
- The emergence of Jayden Seales
Jayden Nigel Tristen Seales was named player of the match as he bagged eight wickets in the game.
Trinidad & Tobago-born player took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket on Sunday.
The 19-year-old then stood with Kemar Roach for a 17-run last-wicket partnership, helping Windies clinch their first win in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23.
Roach also praised Seales’s bowling and batting performances.
“The biggest threat is the straight ball. He did it very well and is a star for the future. His five wickets speak wonders about our cricket,” Roach said.
- Take catches or rue later on
On a couple of crucial moments in the game, Pakistan dropped a few catches that cost them the match.
Roach was also given a couple of lives in the crunch moments of the contest. Hasan Ali and Mohammad Rizwan had dropped him which took Pakistan away from the victory.
Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam regretted dropping catches at crucial moments, saying, “When you drop catches in crunch phases, the course of the match changes. We got two chances but couldn’t avail them which is why we lost the match.”
- Shaheen, Ali are the best of the pack
Pacers Shaheen Afridi (4-50) and Hasan Ali (3-37) bowled around 34 overs for their team on the fourth day of the match.
Moreover, Ali’s all-round performance helped the Green Caps push their lead over 150. He had scored handy 28 runs off 36 balls batting at the 9th spot in the second inning.
- Roach shows others the way
Fast bowler Roach was a thorn in the flesh for the Babar Azam side yet again. The right-arm bowler in the second innings helped the home side save blushes.
While chasing 168, Roach, who is often known for his pace bowling, hit the winning runs late on the fourth day and scored match-winning 30 runs.
Despite lack of major support from other batsmen, the 34-year-old steered the Caribbean side over the line after an epic contest.
- Another episode of a captivating test match
The Caribbean Giants and the Men-In-Green have added another chapter to the book of nail-biting Test matches between them.
After Antigua 2000, Dominica 2017, West Indies have pulled out yet another one-wicket win over Pakistan with their No. 9 and No. 11 batsmen getting them over the line.
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